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    Most used knife in the home kitchen

    I need a new knife. I have not bought one in several weeks, and have the itch.

    What is the single most used/useful knife in your home kitchen?

    If you were to replace it, what commercially available knife would you choose. Please be specific as to make, model, options, etc.


    For background:

    What type of knife(s) do you think you want? Undecided.

    Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing?
    Just because.

    What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
    Aesthetics- less important than function
    Edge Quality/Retention- important, but I will maintain it
    Ease of Use- yes
    Comfort- yes

    What grip do you use? I don't know.

    What kind of cutting motion do you use? different ones for different foods. Probably slicing most often.

    Where do you store them? original boxes.

    Have you ever oiled a handle? no, but I always oil blades on carbon steel after use.

    What kind of cutting board(s) do you use? Boardsmith walnut.

    For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing? various waterstones and leather strop.

    Have they ever been sharpened? often. I like sharpening.

    What is your budget? flexible

    What do you cook and how often? wide variety of foods daily.

    Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)? no

    Thanks!

    Keith
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    My vote is Nenox 150mm petty.

    -AJ

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    I vote for a petty as well, but I say 175-180mm.
    I'd take a good hard look at a 6sun Carter funayuki, if I were you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    I vote for a petty as well, but I say 175-180mm.
    I'd take a good hard look at a 6sun Carter funayuki, if I were you.
    lefty will you post a link to the funayuki. I'm at work and can't load it. but would like to remember about it when I'm home!

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    Carter funayuki would be great for prepping simple fair. I might need one soon.

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    My most used knife is a 240-260 mm gyuto (or funayuki) and I rotate through several. They are Heiji 240 semistainless, 270 DTITK in AEB-L, 270 KonHD, 240 Carter in white #1, 240 mm Aritsugu A-Type. I have a bunch of western-handled ones too but these are the ones I tend to prefer.

    My second most used knife is a "Rottman" 210 suji in Niolox. (It's not commercial but I think it's readily available, lol.)

    The third would be a 150 mm petty. My favorite is probable a Masahiro MVH specifically from Knife Merchant. It's not the thinnest, coolest-looking knife or made from the most amazing steel but somehow I keep going to it over other, more expensive options.

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    + 1 on Carter

    But I would like to say that I have a piece in the making that is ready in 3 weeks. It will make a huge impact in my kitchen

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    This is the time for you to buy something wierd. Like a Kiritsuke.

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    This is the best I ca do jm2hill. These are HGs, an I'd just go SFGZ and rehandle it, and they are a little short and a little long, respectively. However, I'd take the bigger one if I had the chance.
    http://www.cartercutlery.com/japanes...lo-horn-handle
    http://www.cartercutlery.com/japanes...lo-horn-handle
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    My most used knife was also my least expensive; in fact I bought it 3rd hand for $30 incl paypal and shipping. It's a Tojiro shirogami nakiri. I have a few more expensive knives, gyutos, pettys, etc, but as many fresh vegetables as we eat here at home, the nakiri is my knife of choice. My CCK slicer comes in 2nd.
    Tom Gray, Seagrove, NC

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